Another Akron toddler overdosed this week amid the ongoing opioid crisis.

But not on heroin, fentanyl or carfentanil.

The 2-year-old ingested Suboxone, a powerful drug used to help heroin and other opioid addicts quit street drugs.

But Suboxone — which contains an opioid — can be deadly for children.

Police said the girl’s father has a prescription for Suboxone and investigators believe the toddler ingested the drug after someone left a package open at the family’s Bank Street home in the Middlebury neighborhood.

A study last year by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that there were more than 188,000 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers for pediatric exposure to opioids from January 2000 through December 2015, or about 32 calls per day.

And 90 percent of children who overdosed on buprenorphine — an active ingredient in Suboxone — were under 5.

Dr. Marcel Casavant, medical director of the Central Ohio Poison Center and chief toxicologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, warned last year that the overdose crisis impacting adults has trickled down to impact children.

“When adults bring these medications into their homes, they can become a danger to the children that live there,” he said. “It is important that these medications are stored up, away and out of sight of kids of all ages, in a locked cabinet is best.”

The investigation into the girl’s Suboxone overdose continues, but Summit County Children Services took temporary custody of the 2-year-old and an 8-year-old sibling.

During the past 18 months, at least a half-dozen children ages 6 or under have overdosed in Akron, including the 6-year-old daughter of Audrey and Donte Gibson, who were arrested on federal charges this month for running a drug operation ring that supplied the synthetic opioids fentanyl and carfentanil to Akron, Cleveland, Lorain and other Ohio cities.

At the time of her child’s overdose, Audrey Gibson told officials her daughter became ill after eating dog food. First responders and staff at Akron Children’s Hospital, however, suspected an overdose. Two doses of naloxone revived the child.

Between Feb. 16 and Feb. 22, at least 31 adults in Summit County sought help at hospital emergency rooms after overdosing.

Summit County Public Health has tracked the numbers since deadly carfentanil first hit the streets here in July 2016.

The numbers don’t include patients treated at one Akron hospital, nor those who overdosed at home and were revived with naloxone by friends and family without seeking medical treatment.

This week, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reported the number of opioid-dependent injured workers in the system fell 19 percent from 2016 to 2017, the sixth consecutive annual drop under the state agency’s reduction efforts.

BWC Pharmacy Director Nick Trego said 3,315 injured workers met or exceeded the threshold of being clinically dependent on opioids at the end of fiscal year 2017. That’s a 59 percent decrease since 2011, the agency said.

The agency labels someone clinically dependent if they take the equivalent of at least 60 milligrams a day of morphine for 60 or more days.

New protocols, closer monitoring of people on opioids and encouraging best practices from prescribers helped push the number lower, the agency said, but so has a growing awareness of the opioid epidemic.

Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or agarrett@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @agarrettABJ.